NEW YORK – Three unsealed indictments charge 11 members of three drug trafficking organizations in Sullivan County with conspiracy to distribute heroin and crack cocaine.
Seven of those were arrested on Wednesday in a coordinated effort by federal, state and local law enforcement officers.
According to one indictment Rosheen Hilliard, also known as “Nyce,” “Ghost,” “Cutt,” and “Daddy,” 37; Jermaine Drayton, also known as “Jerm,” 40; Jesenia Fields, 29; and Leon Fountain, also known as “Tiger,” 35, are charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin from at least 2013 through December 2016. This drug trafficking organization was led by Hilliard and primarily operated in and around Sullivan County.
In a second indictment, Avery Aubain, also known as “Dog,” 23; Katrina Bridges, also known as “Trina,” 36; Paul Hershewsky, also known as “Hersh,” 38; Tyrell Ivory, also known as “Rell,” 23; Jesse Krebs, 27; and William Somers, also known as “Billy,” 43, are charged with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin from at least 2013 through May 2016. Aubain and his alleged coconspirators distributed heroin in and around the Village of Liberty and other locations in Sullivan County.
In the third indictment, Terry Covington, 37, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine in and around Sullivan County.
US Attorney Preet Bharara said with the charges announced Wednesday, “we seek to help stem the flow of heroin and crack cocaine in Sullivan County.”
The arrests “mark our sustained and continued joint law enforcement effort – federal, state and local – to disrupt, dismantle, and destroy heroin trafficking organizations in Sullivan County,” said District Attorney James Farrell.
Sheriff Michael Schiff said this is “another significant step forward in our initiative to curtail gangs and drug sales in Sullivan County.”
Monticello Police Chief Robert Mir said the arrests stem from “a series of ongoing joint investigations that have been progressing for years.” He said that at the conclusion of past operations, they warned drug dealers. “Today we issue another warning: We have other ongoing investigations, we know who you are, where to find you and we will get you. We will not stop.”
Liberty Village Police Chief Scott Kinne said that heroin “is poisoning our communities and our citizens, especially our youth. Targeting and arresting the dealers who choose to distribute heroin and cocaine into our communities will make our communities a safer place to work and raise our children.”